Souls, anchored.



Some people come into our lives for a while
but move on with the changing seasons
others seem to pass us by, ships in the night,
just a glint in the darkness of what might have been
there are those who are always with us
providing the steady comfort of a star to steer by
then, there are the ones
like a boat caught in the ebb and flow of ocean tides
sometimes they appear to be far beyond our reach
but when we least expect it, we find that all along
they've been anchored to our soul. 

- written by Vicky Watt (excerpt from The Mermaid Station)


nautical watercolour art print by Joeyj via Pinterest

Plastic Free July....


strawberry fields forever. 
Garden-grown, hand-picked, packaging-free. xo 
‪#‎plasticfreejuly‬ ‪#‎storyofstuff‬
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'the eco toothbrush’, family set 
online or at The smoke fired whole foods shop,#Crail xo
#plasticfreejuly #storyofstuff
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old fashioned milk, delivered to your door
via www.mcqueensdairies.co.uk
‪#‎plasticfreejuly‬ ‪#‎storyofstuff‬
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muslin nappy, cotton liner + reusable cover. 
Here's one we made earlier, as modelled by ted. xo
#plasticfreejuly #storyofstuff 
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homemade scones + strawberry jam
with clotted cream (in a glass jar) from Ardross Farm Shop
#plasticfreejuly #storyofstuff
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sea kelp soap - in a tin. ‪#‎showerpower‬ xo 
‪#‎plasticfreejuly‬ ‪#‎storyofstuff‬ 
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earth-friendly refreshments at Funky Scottish
cafe-gallery-boutique (fully and truly recyclable aluminium + glass) #pittenweem xo 
#plasticfreejuly #storyofstuff
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All I am saying is, give peas a chance. xo 
‪#‎peasinapod‬ ‪#‎packagedbynature‬
‪#‎plasticfreejuly‬ ‪#‎storyofstuff‬ 
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Victoria Sponge (by Jim) for Afternoon Tea ....almost #plasticfree 
home-grown strawberries + homemade jam but double cream was a #plasticfail :( 
xoxo
#plasticfreejuly #storyofstuff 
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classic double edged, Mercur 23C safety razor
‪#‎bestbuy‬ (throw-away razors are such a con)
super effective + eco friendly + so economical
amazon reviews: http://amzn.to/29ZTaI0
‪#‎plasticfreejuly‬ ‪#‎storyofstuff‬ 
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ice cream in paper carton via Jannettas Gelateria St Andrews
‪#‎local‬ is best but Coop do a range too + there's Ben & Jerrys
‪#‎plasticfreejuly‬ ‪#‎storyofstuff‬ 
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/ / planet-friendly tips for grocery shopping trips / /
loose fruit + veg, glass + aluminium + paper packaging, refills + finding the plastic-free alternative, brown paper bag (or b.y.o) ‪#‎consciousconsumer‬ xo‪#‎plasticfreejuly‬ ‪#‎thestoryofstuff‬


butter me up! 
wrapped in paper, stored in butter dish, bliss on toast. xo 
‪#‎plasticfreejuly‬ ‪#‎thestoryofstuff‬
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bad-ass breakfast! / / homemade yoghurt + smoothie
‪#‎homemadeyoghurt‬ (new experiment!)
swapped yoghurt in single-use, throw-away plastic for a
‪#‎yoghurtmaker‬ with 7 pots. http://amzn.to/2ateQfA
ingredients: 1 ltr milk and a few teaspoons of plain yoghurt as a starter. prep time 5 mins if you use room temperature uht milk - no heating required. note: tried a few diy yoghurt methods, this kit worked for me.
homemade ‪#‎smoothie‬. ingredients - strawberries, bananas + oj
whizzed with hand-held blender. easy peasy! xo
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fruitloose and plastic free. xo 
#supermarket #groceries 
#plasticfreejuly #thestoryofstuff
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Helena and The Blue Morpho Butterfly


Here's a little story about serendipity and synchronicity.

A few weeks ago, I discovered that my favourite species of butterfly, the Blue Morpho, has within its family a beauty called the Helena. This felt like a touch of fate; the discovery continued a long-running, personal butterfly theme.  A recent highlight of this theme was buying a print of the 'Flutter' painting by Katy Jade Dobson Art. The painting, which featured various butterflies - including the blue morpho -was a kind of maternity gift to myself during pregnancy. It was symbolic of this big life transformation and a reminder of the flutter you feel when baby starts moving. Soon afterwards, I had a daughter and called her....Helena.  Back then, I had no idea that I'd later discover my favourite butterfly also had a Helena in its family!

Talking about this with a friend today reminded me of why the blue morpho butterfly captured my attention in the first place.  It happened a few years ago via a book called 'The Seven Secrets of Synchronicity'. I randomly bought the book while waiting for a bus on George Street in Edinburgh, partly due to the eye-catching blue morpho on the cover and partly because it was about the cool subjects of signs and destiny.

Shortly afterwards, I turned a corner onto St Andrews Square and saw the blue morpho butterfly again. This time it was massive, on a huge billboard. Underneath were the words...





...'discover the bigger picture'.

Moments later, I found a dedication inside the book, to a woman who...

...'saw the larger picture'.


There really are signs everywhere. xo

We Came To Dance...




What if we could rise up from where we're rooted? Meet each other like a long lost harmony?

I discovered this video on a lazy Saturday morning via Kate Northrup and Uplift Connect and it's kind of an espresso shot for the soul!

The message and spirit of the piece also reminds me of an amazing Rumi quote...

we come spinning out of nothingness
scattering stars
the stars form a circle 
and in the centre, we dance

-  Rumi

So, turn up the music and dance your dreams into existence! xo

What's Your Journey?


Delighted to be the voiceover for this inspirational film - from a company which puts responsible travel at its heart - celebrating ‎travel, adventure and the journey of life...




Go to The School Travel Consultancy at www.thestc.co.uk and begin your adventure...

About..

Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk.



A Wild & Precious Life...



David Bowie. Glenn Frey. Alan Rickman...

Several beautiful creators and artists have danced off the mortal plane in the first days of 2016 - they all seem too young to go. 

Meanwhile, MLK Day was yesterday, reminding us that truly inspirational, courageous souls live on and continue to influence us in spirt. 

So, what about you? Are you living your dreams, creating from the heart, celebrating simple pleasures and positive ideals? 

Or, do you feel like - yet fear - walking away from an experience that's slowly, silently, soul-destroying? 

It's definitely risky. 

But, it's also worth pondering these words of wisdom...

"The most dangerous risk of all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later."

And so, looking ahead to the rest of 2016 and beyond, ask yourself this question (from a poem by Mary Oliver) and really listen to the answer.... xo